Vietnam National Administration of Tourism on Tuesday signed an agreement with China's Sichuan province to promote tourism and plan a new air route.
Under the agreement, Vietnam and Sichuan will promote each other's tourism destinations and exchange information regularly.
Vietnam and the province in Southwestern China will also cooperate with each other to open an air route linking either Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City with Chengdu.
Vu The Binh, head of the travel department at VNAT, said China is a major market for Vietnam's tourism industry and many Chinese people visiting Vietnam are from Sichuan.
More than 527,600 Chinese tourists visited Vietnam in 2009, accounting for 17.4 percent of the total arrivals for the year.